“I'm still not exactly sure why we chose Matamanoa as our holiday location, but I am so, so glad that we did.
The island is location in the Mamanuca Island chain and is one of the western most islands. About 45 minutes ferry ride from Port Denarau. The island is in a group of 6, with Tavua (local village), Yanuya (local village and school), Monu (uninhabited), Monuriki/Modriki (uninhabited), and Tokoriki (resort) islands close by. But the first thing you notice when you get there is the small size of the island and the isolation, although there are other islands in the distance, the resort faces towards the ocean and you really feel like you've gotten away from everything, it's just beautiful.
One of the critical things for us was that the resort and island were adults only. No children anywhere. You don't really realise it but the peace, quiet, and tranquillity is so much more noticeable and you really are able to appreciate when you don't have to deal with children running around or screaming.
The size of the resort is also notable, as it's only about 30 bures and villas, which means only a maximum of 60 people, though when we visited (May 2014), I'd guess that we only saw half of that, I know the resort was booked out, but you are never left wanting a seat at dinner, or a beach lounge, or a seat near the pool, or at the bar. There is never a moment when you think the place is crowded.
The resort is actually just a restaurant, reception, bar, dive shop, and the rooms. That's all there is, there isn't even a wharf, it's jump off the boat onto the sand when you arrive (luckily the guys will carry your luggage and bring it to your door). Oh, and there's the most beautifully constructed tree-house spa situated just on the north-eastern side of the island, the wooden walkway up and view out is breathtaking, and the spa staff are very kind and helpful.”